You will never see reality the same way
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What do we keep from The
What do we keep from Groundhog Day?
What do we keep from The Truman Show?
What do we keep from my Dream?
What do we keep from my Deja Vu Report?
A successful and rich philosophy teacher who is paid to think
and publish books by a renowned university is experiencing Deja
Vu at an alarming rate. He turns all his attention into understanding
the phenomenon but as he thinks some more he gets to uncover something
really wrong with his existence. His Deja Vu episodes no longer
reflect reality. Events and people are changing everyday, contradicting
his previous memories of the events. Understandably it makes him
question not only his sanity but also the normal flow of time
and the reality we have all come to believe in.
This is not a story that is easy to understand and you will have
many questions that I am trying to answer afterwards in my general
comments and also in my report about Deja vu. Please don’t
be frightened by the complexity of the story as on screen it can
be shown very simply without too many complications.
One of the ways to explain Deja vu is if we have
actually lived those moments before. Somehow we must have gone
back in time and relived the same events as if in a time loop.
Through Deja vu we can remember having lived those events before
and we can change what is to come. If we had many Deja vu episodes
and could drastically change our future when we go back in time,
then tomorrow I could be a theoretical physicist instead of an
author. This is the basis of this film.
I suggest the story takes place in a few days
and everyday life is different from the previous day. Henry will
be a philosophy teacher for the first day and then he will become
successively a medical doctor, a parapsychologist, a theoretical
physicist and a psychic medium. This should give us the chance
to analyze what is Deja vu from different perspectives.
The idea here is that the future, the past and
the present are always in movement. As a result one day we are
a philosophy teacher and the next day we can be a medical doctor
as it is possible to change the future whenever we go back into
the past and are aware of the future. Yet, everything seems fine
and we don’t question this fluctuating timeline. We don’t
completely remember having lived in the future.
Deja vu is what will get Henry to understand that
something is not right, that perhaps yesterday he was not a medical
doctor. He remembers events from a different past and can even
predict the future to a certain extent, a future very different
from his actual life. As he struggles to understand what is going
on, he will speak to his wife and colleagues about Deja vu, trying
to explain them, wondering if perhaps he is crazy and suffering
At the end he will be a theoretical physicist
explaining Deja vu via Einstein’s Relativity and Quantum
Mechanics. He will not know exactly what is going on, if perhaps
people are trying to deceive him to prevent him from thinking
and reaching conclusions about the mechanics of existence. He
will look for a way out and might find one somehow…
So the story will start slowly, our man will have
some Deja vu and will try to change things, so it is different
from his Deja vu. This is all he will do at first. He will get
interested in the phenomenon because he will have four Deja vu
in the same day. He will talk about it to his class after his
His third Deja vu episode will show him that something
is not right. What he remembers is not what is happening. The
person he will meet will not be or say what his Deja vu is telling
him. Moreover he will get to know something about that person
that there would be no way for him to know. This should be a freaky
experience, not only he remembers that the person is not what
she says she is, but on top of it he knows things about her he
should not know, things he would have seen in the Deja vu.
So in a way the Deja vu is a powerful vision as
it is right, he has now a clairvoyance gift, he knows things through
some sort of sixth sense. But at the same time he does not want
to give credit to the Deja vu as the person is clearly not who
he remembers her to be. So he does not know what to make of it.
The next day his life has changed. We follow him
and we understand that he is no longer a teacher of philosophy
as he was able to change the future somehow when going back in
time and reliving the same events.
If you wish to read my dream that started this idea (that could
even be a film in its own right), and if you want some idea of
the content of the film that may not appear below, please read
my report trying to explain the Deja vu phenomenon at this URL:
Deja Vu Report HTML:
Deja Vu Report DOC:
Our philosophy teacher needs to experience Deja vu and I thought
of an interesting way to represent that on the screen without
looking too much like the Matrix, Groundhog Day or The Truman
Show. I feel I came up with something new that has never been
done before and should be quite interesting on the screen.
The teacher will actually live just before - or
while it is happening - a Deja vu episode that will or will not
correspond to reality. The way to show the Deja vu will be a split
screen. We will have two realities playing simultaneously. Sometimes
one of the screens will become full, then the other one will take
over. It would show that two realities are playing out at the
same time and sometimes they are identical, sometimes they are
different, and sometimes they are identical but out of sync.
Of course, as soon as you realize that you are
experiencing Deja vu and that you mention it, you can no longer
be doing what the Deja vu shows on the second half of the screen.
At that point your reality differs from the Deja vu, especially
if you do try to change the events so you don’t repeat the
same actions over and over again. You feel trapped in a time loop
and you are looking for a way out. And by doing everything differently,
you might just get out of it (or so you think anyway).
The thing is, if you were to have many Deja vu
you could change your life dramatically in comparison with what
would have actually happened. As our teacher is an extreme case
and experiences Deja vu many times a day, he gets to change his
life to a point where even him would not recognize it a few days
later. The Deja vu at that point shows us what would have happened
if he had not changed anything in his life because of the Deja
How can he change his life like this, why would
he suddenly be someone else tomorrow or that the people in his
life are no longer what they were supposed to be? Why this multiplication
of different timelines? Good question and important answer for
You see, a Deja vu indicates that somehow we are
in a time loop. We live a linear existence up to a point where
we go back in time. Could be hours, could be days, could be years.
When we go back in time we usually live a very similar timeline
unless we get a glimpse of the future, unless we remember something
perhaps traumatic, like clairvoyants and mediums can do. At that
point you can change the future, you can change who you are, you
can influence everyone in your timeline to the point that they
too take different decisions.
On this timeline, if you were to have another
Deja vu episode when in fact it is the first time that you are
living this new timeline, it could tell you instead what was happening
in the previous timeline, before you went back in time. This is
what is happening here. Both Deja vu and changing the future come
from this time loop that brings you back into the past.
Though this could be a normal physical phenomenon,
we will make it more interesting by adding another mysterious
knowledge to be gained from this phenomenon. Something more spiritual.
Understanding this about the existence will give the chance to
our teacher to understand much more about the universe we live
In my idea we don’t repeat the same events
over and over again. But from one Deja vu to the other Henry’s
reality will change. In his Deja vu people will have different
functions, different job titles, are no longer there, etc. Though
he will clearly remember having lived this before, in time what
he will feel that he experienced is no longer happening in real
life. Then, to his horror, he will change, though he will not
remember that everything in his life has changed. Only via the
Deja vu will he get to understand that he has already lived this
life before but he was not a doctor, he was a teacher.
So this is a good twist about Deja vu that differs
from reality, making our character question the mechanisms of
existence. At one point what Henry will be experiencing is no
longer a Deja vu (already seen) but a Jamais Vu (never seen before).
He will no longer recognize his reality and actions. He will feel
lost because he will remember having lived this in a different
way. And while he will try to understand what is going on, he
will experience Presque Vu (almost seen), as if the explanation
was within his grasps and yet escaping him. He needs to find a
way out of these time loops so his life is no longer switching
from one timeline to another.
This said, in order to be different from Groundhog
Day, he is not going to wake up on the same day every day. He
will not relive the same events over and over again. The way to
make it look good is that he will appear to live a normal linear
life in which he will remember that he has lived that before,
and eventually that he lived it differently and that people are
no longer who they were. In any case I don’t intend to do
another cheap version of Groundhog Day. I have a mystery to expose
and to understand: Deja vu, and the story is a mean to get some
There will be Deja vu episodes just before and
while the real events are taking place, to remind him of another
reality while his life is going berserk. Normally he should not
be aware that everything has changed slightly from one day to
another. The idea is that life is not linear or chronological,
even it changes everyday though we are usually unaware of this
fact. The Deja vu in this context will help him understand that
something is not right with reality, that things are changing
even though his memories do not contradict anything from one day
to another. The way I explain how this is possible is via a fluctuating
timeline due to the effects of relativity and also via the Many-worlds
interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. For more details please read
about Deja vu.
This film is going to be complicated and will
not give itself away too easily. Ok, slow starts so the viewer
can get into the story before losing patience, and I will try
to be as evident as possible so they won’t lose it, but
it is something special and different and I don’t want to
compromise on the complexity. Cinema is in great need of more
complex stories and this is it. All right, all right, I will try
to make it easy to understand, but the viewer will need to be
ready to accept that one day our teacher does not wake up in Boston,
he is in New York. The other day he is not a philosophy teacher,
but a theoretical physicist. One day he is married and the other
he is not. Not only that, all this will not seem weird to our
teacher, he will accept all these changes as if nothing happened,
like if yesterday he was not someone else. Only through Deja vu
will he get to understand that something is not right, that yesterday
he was not in Boston but in New York instead. The day is not repeating
itself, but every day is different even though we continue on
some sort of linear and chronological timeline.
So at first only small changes, and then big ones.
Just like in dreams, new universes every day that appear completely
logical at the time, only to be dismissed as illogical when we
Synopsis of Deja Vu
(More comments about Deja Vu follow)
Introduction – First Deja Vu - Day 1 –
film starts in a home hardware store where Henry Williams, a philosophy
teacher at a renowned university, is waiting at a counter for
something. He is late for his class, he cannot wait any longer
and asks the clerk to get going. While he waits he sees a kid,
perhaps between 2 and 3 years of age, wandering around the place.
The first Deja vu starts, the screen splits into
two. On the left screen Henry gets an interest in that kid, he’s
not sure why. He asks him to come over, wants to know if he’s
lost, wonders where mummy and daddy are, and that Louis should
go find them. He tells him to be very careful.
On the right screen however, where Henry never
asked the kid to come over, we can see Louis doing the plane in
the shop and get close to a pedestal sink on demonstration. We
can see him put his little hand over the sink and the whole thing
falls over him. The screen gets back to normal.
After Henry spoke to Louis, the kid goes straight
to the sink which, in this reality, has not fallen yet. The clerk
is back and asks Henry if this is what he wanted. When he sees
Henry fascinated by the kid, he asks if everything is OK. Henry
says something’s wrong, he has the feeling something horrible
will happen to that kid.
Suddenly we get a close up of the little hand
of Louis reaching out for the sink, and Henry’s hand at
the very last second preventing him from touching the side of
the sink. Suddenly the parents of Louis arrive on the scene and
are not pleased that a stranger has touched their child. Henry
apologizes but explains to the manager now present that this is
very irresponsible to have such a dangerous installation in a
shop. It was going to fall over the kid. The manager laughs at
this statement, as the sink falls over by itself. The kid asks:
how did you know? And Henry’s answer is: Deja vu. And now
I’m very late for class!
Second Deja vu – Day 1 - Morning
The second experience will simply be a normal Deja vu and Henry
will not react until the Deja vu is finished where he will say:
strange, I feel I have done this before, again.
Henry has a lot of money and has written many books. He walks
over the grass to reach the pavilion where his class is waiting
for him. He meets along the way one of his students. The screen
splits into two where on the left we see real life and on the
right we see a Deja vu. For this whole Deja vu both realities
are identical (the only time for the whole film. The meaning is
that Henry needed to change something but he did not. He will
get a chance at the end of the film to act differently on that
The young man is handing over his latest paper
and tells the professor that this is not fair, he did not deserve
F. Henry is not pleased with him and tells him that he has no
future in this university or any other. When Esteban points out
that he wants to do a Masters Degree, the teacher laughs hard,
saying that there is no way this will happen, he will make sure
of it. When the student asks what he will do in the future as
a career, Henry states that there is a burger place at the entrance
of town and that perhaps one day he will become the Manager, if
he works more seriously than he studied in his life. The split
screen ends at that point to become one, the Deja vu is finished.
He will say: strange, I have the feeling we already had this conversation
before. Esteban will say: yes, in my nightmares.
Once Henry enters the class room with the student
he drops his books on the table while Esteban goes and sit down.
Henry states to his class that something strange just happened
to him, he just experienced Deja vu twice and it is getting tiresome
as last week he visited a town he never went to, still he could
clearly remember having seen it before. Of course he will talk
about the home hardware experience.
So he launches into a discourse about Deja vu. Apparently some
Freudians believe that the Deja vu phenomenon is a repressed memory
escaping the unconscious. It represents a desire to have a second
chance, to set things right. More scientific: it's more likely
that we are talking about neurochemistry, a glitch in the brain's
ability to process recognition and memory. It does not mean that
the memory is authentic.
He will admit that he is not a psychologist or
a specialist of the brain and cannot comment on these theories.
From the philosophy’s point of view, Deja vu could be interpreted
as a higher power giving you the chance to learn from your mistakes.
It makes you go through some experiences again to see if this
time you can pass the test and learn whatever it is you have to
learn from your existence. When Esteban asks him what this higher
power could be, the teacher says: God, destiny, or perhaps a higher
self awareness? He’s not sure.
Third Deja Vu – Day 1 – Late morning
The third time he will feel weird physically until he will decide
to speak about it. From there the Deja vu will be a bit different
and out of sync with reality.
Henry is going back to his office but on his way
there he meets a woman called Elizabeth telling him that Charles
the dean is looking everywhere for him, that he should go to his
Once in the dean’s office, the screen splits
again for the third Deja vu. The images will be identical until
suddenly Henry decides to act against the Deja vu and leaves hurriedly.
The right image on the screen (the Deja vu) will show him having
a normal meeting with the dean as if nothing had happened.
They discuss the marketing of his new philosophy
book expected to be a bestseller. The publisher of the University
Press is eager to get the ball rolling and is waiting after the
final version. We will hear the voices of both screens at the
same time, perhaps the voices on the right (the Deja vu) could
be more distant. We will have to alternate the voices so no one
speaks over the other.
On the left screen, Henry will be in a state of
panic. He will tell the dean that he has lived this before, that
this is a Deja vu. At that point the synchronicity of both screens
falls apart and as the dean and Henry stop to consider the question
of Deja vu, on the other screen we see that the meeting is proceeding
on as normal, they speak about the book and George the publisher.
So, on the right we hear the dean explaining that
George is awaiting the final draft of his latest book and they
are in a hurry to get it out there. The meeting ends well and
Henry will then leave the office saying that the book will be
sent to George that same day.
So Henry on the left states that he knows that
the meeting is about his book and that he does not give a damn
about it. George can wait as far as he is concerned. He needs
to get out of the office immediately, he feels trapped in a time
loop of some sort and wants to free himself. He gets out and slams
the door while the other screen shows Henry closing the door softly
with a smile. We see the dean completely taken aback from what
just happened on the left, while on the right he is pleased and
picks up the phone to contact George.
Outside the office the Deja vu continues. Henry
on the left is walking like a madman, trying to do things differently
to escape the Deja vu. On the right he walks normally with a big
smile at the prospect of his latest book already being considered
No matter what Henry does on the left to escape
the Deja vu, the same happens on the right. He stops for water,
he opens Elizabeth’s door, the woman we saw before, to talk
to her about Deja vu. On the right she opens the door to find
out about what the dean had to say. At that point the synchronicity
of both screens is not exact. On the right Elizabeth drops a pen
on the floor and Henry gets down to pick it up, at that moment
we hear a shot and Elizabeth receives a bullet in her chest. As
the dean comes out of his office to find out what is happening,
he too gets shot be Esteban.
Quickly on the left screen, where these events
have not happened yet, Henry pushes Elizabeth back in the office
saying: get down! But as he pushes her she still receives a bullet
in the forehead, and the dean also gets shot. On both screens
we see Esteban shooting himself.
Day 1 - Afternoon
Henry is now outside, the screen is no longer split. He jumps
in his car and the wheels are screeching. We can see in the background
many police cars, ambulances and journalists. He rushes home.
Fourth Deja Vu – Late Afternoon
Once home he is visibly shaken. Trying to forget he opens books
where he hopes to find some explanation about Deja vu.
The fourth Deja vu will already show that elements
of his reality are no longer quite right, people changed somehow
and they do unexpected things compared with the Deja vu.
The screen splits again for the fourth Deja vu.
While he is looking at his books, on the right screen we see a
woman called Marianne entering the room saying: you’re here
already? I was not expecting you for a few hours after what I
heard on the news. The woman says that as her personal assistant
she would like to know if there is anything else she can do with
his book before sending it to the publisher. She has done all
the corrections and needs to get back to her husband Martin. Henry
says that after the shooting, George will not be expecting the
book anymore. The screen gets back to normal.
At this point in real life Marianne enters the
room, she is in fact his wife and knows nothing about his new
book. She calls him baby and wants to know what he would like
to eat tonight. Henry feels unbalanced, he asks her if she is
his wife or his personal assistant. She is in shock, of course
she is his wife. He is not happy, he threatens her, telling her
that this is no joke. From his Deja vu she was his personal assistant,
not his wife. He asks her if she knows a Martin. She breaks down
crying: how did you know? He answers: do you mean you are having
an affair with a certain Martin? She says: so you did not know?
A lucky guess, I guess, he says.
So he takes her in his arms and adds: don’t
worry, worst things happen every day, like the shooting for example.
What shooting? What are you talking about? He then realizes that
she has not been watching the news and she does not know yet.
So he opens the TV where we can see photos of Esteban, Charles
and Elizabeth, and scenes of where the shooting took place. Oh
my God! she says. And that’s nothing, says Henry, that bullet
was meant for me.
So they discuss what he said to the kid before
and how he feels responsible. And then she says that perhaps his
girlfriend just left him and he had other problems. At that point
the TV confirms that the girlfriend of Esteban just left him the
day before. As Marianne virtually just said it, they both look
at each other thinking about the coincidence. He says: how did
you know, Deja vu? She answers: A lucky guess, I guess.
So he goes back in his office while Marianne still
watches the news. He sits down and starts thinking. He goes to
get a medical book about the human brain, hoping that this is
where he will find the answer. He sits down huffing and puffing,
saying that he wished he was a specialist of the brain and not
just a philosophy teacher, then he might find the answers he is
Fifth Deja Vu – Day 2 – Early Morning
As Deja vu shows that perhaps there is a time loop in which from
the future we go back in time and are able to act differently,
then the second time around we can be someone totally different.
Somehow Henry took advantage of this somewhere along the way,
and instead of becoming a philosophy teacher he became a medical
The next day Henry is a specialist of the brain,
as if being a philosopher could not help him understand Deja vu
and somehow he decided he needed some new skills to help him understand.
So Henry wakes up and gets ready to leave the
house. The screen is split again for the fifth deja vu. On the
left in real life he gets all his medical instruments in order
and on the right he is preparing his books. We see him in his
car on the left going to a hospital while on the right he goes
to the university. On the right we see the police barriers around
where the shooting took place, and Henry looking at this being
sorry. Then the screen gets back to normal.
Once inside the hospital, Henry meets Elizabeth,
the woman of yesterday. She is now a nurse. She tells him about
Ms Winterbottom, a patient recovering from surgery. He wants to
know if she is OK after yesterday’s brain operation.
Then he takes Elizabeth the nurse to his office
hurriedly and tells her there’s something wrong with him.
He tells her that he is experiencing some Deja vu and something
is not right. He feels he should be a philosophy teacher at the
University, not a medical doctor specialist of the brain. He says
that Elizabeth is also in this other reality or timeline, as the
right hand of the dean, not a nurse in this hospital. She laughs,
telling him that studying the brain must have somehow wrecked
his mind. She reminds him that Charles the director of the hospital
is looking for him about his latest book on mapping the human
brain. Charles, he says? That’s the name of the dean! She
says that it should revolutionize the brain as we understand it.
Oh God, he says! He asks her what book is that, is it not about
philosophy? About Deja vu perhaps? She leaves with a big smile.
He quickly opens his computer and read about his
book. It is concerning Deja vu, from a medical doctor’s
perspective. The director of the hospital enters the room, it
is the dean of the university of yesterday. Henry! About your
book! Forget the book, replies Henry. Sit down, I need to speak
about Deja vu. Charles laughs as this is exactly the topic of
his book, so let’s talk about it then.
They discuss the book and as far as we can tell,
being a specialist of the brain did not help Henry to understand
what Deja vu is. Could we be just seeing an event twice because
the brain takes some fraction of a second to interpret what it
sees? And we feel this is Deja vu, that we lived that before when
we did not? Well, in theory it is possible, but considering what
Henry is going through right now, it no longer makes any sense.
He has to admit that the book needs to be rewritten
but not from the point of view of a medical doctor, but from a
paranormal investigator’s point of view, as what he is experiencing
is definitely supernatural. In this case Charles will no longer
wish to publish the book as this will not be right in their curriculum.
He warns Henry that he is making a big mistake and that parapsychologists
are just charlatans without any credibility.
Then Charles wishes to speak about another matter.
A young and promising new graduate called Esteban that was denied
working at the hospital because of one person only: Henry Williams.
At this sentence, Henry goes white. Ah yes, Esteban… I know
something about him, something terrible, I just don’t know
what. I have a feeling that something is not right with him…
and as he says that, Esteban enters the room, Elizabeth at the
back saying that he has no right to get in there. Esteban says:
who is Henry Williams? Is it you (looking at Charles)? Henry shouts:
he has a gun, I’m sure! At that point Esteban pulls out
a gun and shoots Charles, Elizabeth and himself. Leaving Henry
saying: not again!
Then Henry sits down, saying: a parapsychologist…
this is what I need to be to understand what is happening to me.
Sixth Deja Vu – Day 2 - Morning
As Henry says that he wishes to be a parapsychologist, he turns
around and there are no more bodies anywhere. He has switched
reality once again and no one has been killed yet.
Suddenly as Henry looks out the window, we see
that it has all changed from what we could see previously. He
will say: where am I? He is no longer in a hospital, he is in
a small building where he based his paranormal investigation organization.
All around, he picks up books about ghosts, paranormal stuff,
etc. The screen splits into three. We see him as a paranormal
investigator, a medical doctor and a philosophy teacher, while
he is thinking hard to understand what is going on.
At this time enters Charles, our dean/director
and now paranormal investigator responsible for the organization.
He asks Henry about his book. A book, Henry says. Let me guess,
about Deja vu? Yes, yes, it is coming to term. I just need more
time. More time for what, asks Charles, it is finished. Yes, it
is finished, I know what I am talking about. Sixth sense, clairvoyance,
getting information via other means than our five senses. Knowing
the future, time loops, going back in time, changing the future,
different timelines… that’s it! Henry kicks out his
colleague who is not happy to leave: what about the book! Henry
says that he needs to study theoretical physics, he needs to look
into fluctuating timelines, relativity and quantum mechanics.
Quantum what? says Charles, before Henry shuts the door.
When alone Henry gets to his library and picks
up a book about Physics. Then he appears to be thinking some more.
He puts the book on the table and calls Elizabeth to his office.
He demands to know if a certain Esteban came to the office recently.
Yes, as a matter of fact, this morning! He wanted a job. Henry
wants to see his CV, he wants his address.
Day 2 – Late Morning
We see Henry leaving the office with his car, he goes to Esteban’s
place. Once there he knocks on the door and Esteban let him in.
Henry says that he is a parapsychologist working at the Psychical
Research Institute and that he is sorry that he missed Esteban
this morning. Inside Henry sees his books on the table and Esteban
states that he is a big fan of Henry Williams’ books, the
great paranormal investigator. He wishes to work with him. Then
Henry sees a gun in a drawer and suddenly he panics. He says to
Esteban that he will consider his request and that perhaps he
will be hired.
As soon as Henry is out, he calls the police.
He tells them that he knows of a dangerous man called Esteban
Estevez and that they need to arrest him because he will kill
people soon. The chief investigator asks how the great Henry Williams
knows about this? Perhaps a little angel told him, perhaps it
was his sixth sense? Or was it a ghost? Henry shouts that the
kid has got a gun! But as long as he has not done anything wrong
yet, there is nothing the police can do. So Henry says that the
only thing the police can do is to pick up the bodies afterwards,
they certainly would not try to prevent crime. So Henry goes back
to his office.
Day 2 - Afternoon
Then we see the police going to Esteban’s place. They knock
on the door, they ask to see inside, they tell Esteban that they
just had a call about his gun. So Esteban confirms that he has
a gun but it is not illegal. As we see the police leaving, we
also see an angry Esteban picking up his gun and jumping in his
Day 2 - Afternoon
Esteban is going back to the Psychical Research Institute and
once there, he shoots everyone in sight: Elizabeth, Charles and
himself. Henry goes back home, alone and discouraged, not even
bothered by what he just witnessed.
Day 2 – Late Afternoon
A young girl is in his home. He is quite surprised and tells her
that students are not allowed here, she should take an appointment
to meet him in his office at the university. She believes he should
see a psychologist if he does not feel well. He is about to throw
her out when she tells him that she is his daughter and that he
his not a teacher, he is a theoretical physicist! What drugs is
His wife Marianne arrives at this point and she
no longer looks like yesterday. She has blond hair. He asks her
about their daughter and if she knows a Martin. She never heard
of him. He has a long talk with both of them, explaining what
is going on from the point of view of Physics as now he has the
Henry explains that relativity could account for
a fluctuating timeline where the past, the present and the future
blend together and that our life is not linear or chronological.
In fact we may be trapped in time loops and suddenly reality brings
us back in time. And if we can remember the future while back
in the past, we can change our timeline and be someone else. Deja
vu is a way to know what happened previously, helping us to remember
previous time loops.
Then he jumps to the Many-worlds interpretation
of Quantum Mechanics. Many different timelines exist, an infinite
amount of us inhabiting each new parallel universe. And if we
are aware of the different timelines, we can make different decisions
in our past and in effect change our future for the better.
Great! Henry says sitting back to think some more.
I know now the means by which this is happening. My Deja vu due
to a fluctuating timeline where the present, the past and the
future are all mixed up together and life is not linear or chronological.
But then he will wonder: is it just a physical
phenomenon ruled by physics and there is nothing else to it except
the power to remember we have lived this before and that we can
change our future? Or is there another purpose or advantage to
this? Another higher power in action to take advantage of all
this? What have I got to learn in all that?
Seventh Deja Vu – Day 3 – Early Morning
The next day when Henry wakes up, he is not sure where he is.
He looks around, rushes to reach the books on the table to see
if any of them have been written by him. He picks up a book with
his name on it called Helping Others by Henry Williams, Psychic
Medium. So he is now a medium and he is helping others.
His daughter comes out of her room and he is pleased
to see her. Already he grew accustom to her and he would not want
to lose her. Why would he lose her, she asks? Then he understands
that some paths he did not take in other timelines were mistakes
and now he can see he can make things better in his life. He wants
to know if she heard of any killings lately? Who? His colleagues…
No, she has not. Right he says, it has not happened yet.
The door bell rings, he welcomes Ms Winterbottom
in. She wants to know all about her future and what she should
do with her life. The screen splits, we can see that Henry is
already seeing what is going on in the life of Ms Winterbottom.
He tells her that she has something wrong with her brain and needs
to be examined immediately by a doctor. He also understands she
has been having trouble with her son’s death, that she is
unhappy with her life. He tells her what she should do to change
her reality in order to make it better and learn from her experiences
in life so she can move on to learn other things.
And then we realize what Henry is now doing, he
learns from whatever happens in his life so he can move on to
learn more. Being aware of the future gives him the chance to
control his life in order to maximize what he needs to learn so
his life can change and evolve. This is what he has learnt and
now he is exploiting his aptitudes to help others and himself
to a better life.
After Ms Winterbottom leaves, he has another Deja
vu episode. He can see the young Esteban Estevez walking beside
him at the university. It makes him think… the second half
of the screen becomes one, we’re back to the initial timeline.
Conclusion – Back to Day 1 –
We are now back to day 1 where the teacher is in his car getting
books ready for his class. On the green, walking towards his class,
he meets Esteban who is questioning his F for his essay. There
is no more split screens here, Henry appears to know everything
already. He invites Esteban to sit down on a bench.
He looks at the essay and asks Esteban why he
believes he should get a better mark. Esteban pleas that he has
read all his books, that he worked very hard this time, that he
was really hoping to get a good mark and to eventually enters
into the Masters Degree program, etc.
Henry says: you are right, you have worked hard,
it is much better than what you used to give me. You have read
my books and other books, I can see. You might have a future after
all. My friend, you should not be judged compared with the others,
but from what you were and where you are now.
Henry takes a pen, crosses the F and writes A+.
He hands the paper to Esteban and adds: don’t let anyone
tell you that you have no future, always find a way to get there
anyway to prove them wrong. Now off you go, or you will be late
for my class.
Esteban is over the moon. He starts running and
then he turns around and asks: but what about you Mr. Williams?
Are you not going to be late to your own class? Then Henry smiles
and says that he is now in full control of his life and that he
will never be late again, even when he is actually late.
Henry gets in his class and drops his books on
the table. He wants to talk about Deja vu. This time he has much
more knowledge, he knows the different timelines, he has a good
perspective on life. He urges people to be careful about Deja
vu and to invite them into their lives. There lays the foundation
for a better future. And now he says the class is cancelled because
he needs to go home, rewrite his book, marry his assistant and
have a baby! He will let them know how it all turns out!
What do we keep from The Matrix?
I believe that the most relevant idea from The Matrix is that we
may be living in a world programmed to answer our needs or the needs
of others (perhaps God). So even though I don’t intend to
say that the world our philosophy teacher is living in is a Matrix
or a constructed virtual reality, I do intend to mention it as an
explanation of what may be going on.
the Matrix, Deja Vu is just a glitch in the program whenever they
change something (suddenly the configuration of reality is no
longer the same, there are no more exits, the walls have changed
place, etc.). Someone external to the world is playing around
with our reality, with the configuration of the universe.
There are two ways of explaining Deja Vu, very
quickly. The first one is that it is just a physical and normal
phenomenon where relativity of time and space blends together
the past, the present and the future constantly changing. In which
case no one is controlling the universe or changing its configuration,
it just happens as there are time displacements in space and we
are sometimes condemned to relive the same events in time loops.
Well, that would not be sufficient in our story
as there is a need for something weird about the existence that
we need to uncover. So although this is great as a means to explain
how it is possible to change the present to a point where it becomes
unrecognizable (suddenly we are living in New York instead of
Harvard), there is a need for something more. This brings us to
the second explanation of Deja Vu.
The second way of looking at Deja Vu is like they
explain it in the Matrix. An external force is at work, forcing
us to relive certain moments so we can do things differently,
learn more from our experience, correct a mistake we made. Who
is controlling the machine? Who is forcing us to relive the same
moments in a different configuration? Us perhaps, our higher selves.
Or some sort of spiritual guide or God or destiny or even aliens
if need be.
So our story will have to say that Deja Vu is
happening for a reason, a good reason, that we need to find out.
Which is to learn from each and every experience of our lives,
and we need to do it again and again until we get it right (like
in Groundhog Day). And the way this is possible is to change something
in our mind whenever relativity changes our fluctuating timeline.
In the past we can make different decisions that will affect the
present and the future, and the second time around in the time
loop we can make different decisions. We feel that going to the
right this time is the right decision.
What do we keep from Groundhog Day?
From Groundhog Day we keep the time loops but
not the repeating day because it has been done to death. Tru Calling
is a new series in which the main actress is stuck in a time loop
exactly like in Groundhog Day, which gives her the chance to prevent
murders or untimely deaths occurring. What a great idea! Why had
I not thought of that before!? I am being ironic here. Please
read my report about Time Loops and Groundhog Day to get an idea
of how many times this idea has been done before:
Report about Groundhog Day - Time Loop
- Day repeating itself over and over again - Temporal Causality
So, clearly we cannot have the day repeating itself.
Groundhog Day has destroyed this for us in its success, cult status,
and spin offs it created along the way. No matter, it would be
hard to do better than them on that topic. So what do we keep
We keep the external power that is forcing Bill
Murray to relive his day over and over again. There may be a God
or some other intelligence forcing us to relive certain events
for whatever reason. To better ourselves, to make it right, to
learn something about life. Who? God knows. I don’t think
we should get to who is doing this, unless it is our higher self.
I like this idea. A higher self awareness that is more intelligent
and tries for some unknown and perhaps bizarre reason to make
us comprehend certain things, learn from certain experiences.
If we are living in our own little time frame,
then we are all independent from each other. We are all living
in our own little bubble universe in which everyone only exists
for our own benefit. In other timelines these people are different,
are doing whatever else, but in our own time frame they are this
and they change according to our fluctuating timeline disconnected
from anyone else.
In effect, we are all living in our own universe
where everyone only exists for us, from our point of view. In
a different bubble, the one of my father for example, I exist
as someone completely different, alien to who I really am. We
all experience life from our own point of view and everyone else
concord with what we say because they are in our bubble. But in
the bubble of my father for example, I am different, I am someone
else that to him that I will never know about. There is an infinite
amount of different timelines…
What do we keep from The Truman Show?
In my dream (available in my
Deja vu Report) I really did have a feel that my universe
was a big cylinder containing the building I was in and some streets
outside while it was summer. Outside the building I could see
that I was in fact in a huge hangar and it was snowing heavily.
So it was like the Truman Show, there were people out there that
I felt were only acting in my life for my benefit. I was the only
person that anyone had to worry about, just like Jim Carrey in
the film. This big cylinder like the Rama ship of Arthur C. Clarke,
was it in space? Was it out of space as perhaps everything is
just an illusion and there are no such things as planets and the
universe with stars? I will get to mention all this in the film.
I think we can also take it symbolically, as dreams
often are symbolic. I have to say that my dream suggests that
no one can be trusted, everyone is the enemy and is lying to me.
They are not who they say they are. They are actors and they don’t
have a life of their own. They have one in their own time frame
or frame of reference but that has nothing to do with me.
In my universe I am the only one who exists, I
am building my own timeline as I live, and everyone else follows
their own timeline. This is possible according to the Many-worlds
interpretation of Quantum Mechanics which states that a particle
can be at many places at the same time and that there are an infinite
amount of timelines in which you are just about everything else
that you are not in your own timeline.
In my dream, the actors outside the building,
that were carrying on with other business not related to my life,
were in effect living in their own timeline in which I could be
someone else at their service though I am unaware of it.
Not only am I living in a relative universe where
I can influence the past, the present and the future, where there
is an infinite amount of timelines ruled by unknown laws of Physics,
but also there seem to be other laws influencing my world, perhaps
spiritual or from the mind. These other spiritual laws might be
governed by some higher power that may ultimately be ourselves
(our higher self) or God or destiny. In the movie I think I will
talk about destiny which seems to have a design for me, and that
perhaps I am building my own destiny as I go along, learning from
everything that falls before me.
From the Truman show, I believe I need to keep
the fact that I have to find the solution, the explanation, the
way out. I need to reach those glass doors and see outside my
own universe. I need the global picture of my universe and the
place I occupy within it. I will find the truth, well, my philosophy
What do we keep from my Dream?
My dream that you can read in the Deja
vu report was extremely helpful for me to understand my situation
in real life. Even though there may not be many dreams in the
film, I believe we could benefit from having one dream similar
to mine in which our teacher will try to find the way out so he
can have a glimpse of the whole picture. I don’t think we
need to show the dream, he could just tell someone about it in
a few words. But I will see if I want to do that when I write
From the dream I keep the main idea that there
is something wrong with reality, that people are changing and
they are trying to prevent me from finding the way out. They rally
around me to make me forget about Deja vu or the mechanisms of
I should be living blindly, in blissful ignorance,
not knowing that I have a higher purpose which is to learn from
everything. Perhaps because if I knew too much, there would be
no point in living as everything would be transparent and I could
no longer feel positively or negatively about anything. I would
know everything is fake, virtual, unreal.
What do we keep from my Deja Vu Report?
My Deja vu report will basically feed the ideas
my character will have in order to explain Deja vu. Depending
on if he is a philosophy teacher or a theoretical physicist he
will come up with other ways to explain Deja vu and what is happening
Please read my report trying to explain the Deja
vu phenomenon at this URL:
Deja Vu Report HTML:
Deja Vu Report DOC:
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